It was the end of a road for a Welsh side that were living the dream. Portugal put up their best performance of the tournament to dent Wales’ hopes with a 2-0 victory.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani were sufficient as Portugal ran out 2-0 winners over Wales in the first semi-final at Euro 2016. Gareth Bale did manage to put up a show to keep his side in the end, but the Seleccao defence kept out the Welsh threat and earned just their second clean sheet of the competition.

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LYON, FRANCE - JULY 06: Gareth Bale of Wales applauds the fas after defeat in the UEFA EURO 2016 semi final match between Portugal and Wales at Stade des Lumieres on July 6, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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A disappointed Gareth Bale spoke about the recent loss, and how the tournament has been as a whole for the Welsh contingent (per UEFA). “It is a difficult one to analyse now but we’re obviously disappointed. We’ve got to be proud first and foremost. We’ve given everything on the pitch, off the pitch. We’ve tried to enjoy the experience of the tournament.”

“We want to thank all the fans for all the support we’ve had, it’s been absolutely incredible. We’re disappointed, naturally, but they got the first goal and were a bit lucky on the second. We tried our hardest to get back in the game. We fought until the last second and we’re sorry we couldn’t get to the final but we gave everything.”

Head-coach Chris Coleman spoke about the Dragons’ incredible journey in France. He said:

“I’m proud of the players, the staff, the whole nation. The supporters have been brilliant every time. We’ve seen the scenes back home, it’s been incredible.”

“It still hurts, the fact that we’ve lost the semi-final, players are gutted but that will subside. When they look back they need to understand they have done their country proud.”

“Once you give what you have got, it’s always enough, even if you don’t get the result.”

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Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Portugal and Wales at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on July 6, 2016. / AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUE (Photo credit should read ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Seleccao captain Cristiano Ronaldo carried his team over the line against Wales, and played a key role in his side’s run to the final. Speaking to the press after the game, the Los Blancos superstar said:

“It’s what we have dreamt of since the beginning. We knew it would be a long road and we’re still in the tournament. We have believed right from the start. We had difficult moments, but it’s like I always say: it’s better to start poorly and have a positive ending.”

“The players deserve it, the coach deserves it. The entire medical staff as well. They have been doing an excellent job with the players’ fitness. We haven’t won anything yet as I said a few days ago, but the dream is still alive.”

Fernando Santos spoke about how his team has grown over the tournament, and thanked everyone for supporting in times of peril.

“Joy, immense joy for the players, my family, all the Portuguese people, everyone without any exception, for many Greek people who have been supporting me in this period. I need to thank them for all the support they have given me in this period, especially in the knockout stage. We have achieved the goal we set together two years ago here during my first match, in Saint-Denis.

“At that time, we made a commitment that we would do our utmost to be back there, in Saint-Denis, this 10 July. Fortunately, things have gone well. As I have said, things have gone well because of them. The team has become better, more solid, compact and united. And when that’s the case anything is possible.”

Here’s how the game panned out on Twitter:

Praises flooded in for Welsh manager Chris Coleman

Aaron Ramsey who was suspended, was badly missed by the Dragons.

Cristiano Ronaldo rose to the occasion yet again.


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